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Deborah Elise (Bue) Lund, 67, of Bancroft NE


Deborah Elise (Bue) Lund, age 67, of Bancroft, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE; Pastor Nathan Henschen will be officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft.

Deb was born January 9, 1952 in Sioux City to Vernon and Jacqueline (Menefee) Bue. She graduated from East High School in Sioux City in 1970. Deb married William Lund on May 4, 1984 in Sioux City, together the couple had three children. She worked at the Sioux City Stockyards before owning Debbie’s Daycare for 30 years. Deb loved attending her kid’s and grandkid’s sporting events as well as watching sports on tv. She loved sewing, working at the library, and was an active member of the Senior Center.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Lund of Bancroft, NE; daughter, Tiffany Engle of Denver, CO; daughters, Danielle Lund of Lincoln, NE and Lindsey (Brad) Burhoop of Bancroft, NE; son, William “B.J.” (McKayla) Lund of Bancroft, NE; grandchildren, Bowdie and Tavis Burhoop and Liam Lund; and brother, Curt (Vicky) Bue of Sioux City, IA.

Deb is preceded in death by her parents; and niece, Alana Bue.

Deborah Lund

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Alan L. Smith, 66, of Sioux City IA


Alan L. Smith, 66, of Sioux City, IA died at his home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Sioux City, IA.  A memorial service for Alan will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Concord, NE; Pastor William Bertrand will be officiating.  The visitation will begin on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the church.  Inurnment with military honors will be at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.  Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield, NE is in charge of the arrangements.

Alan was born October 26, 1950 in Wayne, NE to Desmond and Martha (Koch) Smith. He graduated from Allen High School in 1969. In 1970, Alan was drafted into the United States Marines and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  Alan married Sharleen Schuppan on July 6, 1973 in Elk Point, SD. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He also enjoyed going to coffee and gardening his veggies and fruits. Most of all, Alan loved his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

Alan is survived by his wife, Sharleen Smith of Sioux City, IA; son, Terry (Stephanie) Smith of Sioux City, IA; brothers, Desmond Smith, Jr. of Scribner, NE, Terry (Gayle) Smith of Colchester, VT, Dean (Marlene) Smith of Allen, NE, Bob Smith of Beatrice, NE, Doug (Susan) Smith of Martinsburg, NE, Lin (Mary Lou) Smith of Ponca, NE, Randy (Tonia) Smith of Delta Junction, AK, Dennis (Theresa) Smith of Yankton, SD, sisters; Chris (Bill) Micek of Columbus, NE, June (Bob) Grosvenor of Newcastle, NE, Shellee (Jeff) Heinemeyer of Yankton; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alan is proceeded by his parents; daughter, Cheryl; brother, Richard; and sister, Marsha.

Alan Smith

Melba Cooper, 86, of Pender NE


Melba (Schnier) Cooper, age 86, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Legacy Garden Living and Rehabilitation Center in Pender. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE; Pastor Robert Schilling will be officiating. Burial will be at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, NE. Visitation will be Monday, September 5, 2016 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation to various Veterans organizations. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.

Melba was born October 27, 1929 to Gerhard and Adeline (VonSeggern) Schnier in Pender, NE. She graduated from Pender High School in 1946. On December 21, 1947, she married Glenn E. Cooper in Pender. Together they farmed for many years, and then Glenn began selling grain bins. In addition, they could see the need for the manufacturing and selling of agriculture products, and established Triple “C” Products in Bancroft NE. Several years later they also ventured into a second business, and established Northeast Tractor Salvage in Lyons NE. Both Glenn and Melba enjoyed serving the local farmers and area businesses. Melba joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft on October 21, 1969 where she served on the Alter Society and was an officer countless times. She also was a Hospice volunteer for many years. Melba loved helping her church and community, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her sons; Gary (CynDee) Cooper of Bancroft, NE, Clayton (Trudy) Cooper of West Point, NE; daughter, Glenda (Mike) Gatzemeyer of Pender, NE; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn Cooper; and siblings, Gerald Schnier, Angus Johnson, Les Schnier, Wilma Nixon, and Kenny Schnier.

Melba Cooper

Melba Cooper

Maxine M Engelhardt, 82, of Ft. Myers FL and West Point NE


Maxine M. Engelhardt, age 82, of Ft Myers, Florida & West Point, Nebraska passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Golf Coast Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL.  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Point with Pastor Richard Bringewatt officiating.   Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Lutheran School, West Point, in memory of Maxine.

Maxine MEngelhardt was born on July 31, 1933, in Oakland, Nebraska to her parents Harry and Myrtle (Carlson) Henry.

Maxine is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Robert G. Engelhardt; children Linda (Michael) Laszewski and Sandy (Mark) Sparland; grandchildren John (Angie) Sparland, Jason (Jenny) Sparland, Joe (Bobbi) Laszewski, Justin Sparland, Sarah Laszewski, and Rachel Laszewski; great grandchildren Tanner Sparland, McKenna Sparland, and Benjamin Sparland; sister Darlene Strehle. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Hazel, Minerva, Vernelle, Junavae, and Audrey.

Maxine Engelhardt

Maxine Engelhardt

Imogene Samuelson, 83, of Wakefield NE


Imogene Samuelson, 83, of Wakefield, Nebraska died on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services for Imogene will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield; Pastor William Bertrand will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Burial will follow lunch in the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield is in charge of the arrangements.

Imogene Mary Burhoop was born on July 2, 1932 in Pender, NE, the daughter of Walter and Nelda (Korth) Burhoop. She was baptized on August 14, 1932 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield and later confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, NE. She attended country schools west of Thurston, NE, south of Emerson, NE and North of Bancroft, NE before graduating from Bancroft High School in 1949. She lived north of Bancroft until she married Arvid “Sonny” Samuelson, Jr. on January 4, 1952 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft. To this union three sons were born; Douglas, Brian, and Galen.

Imogene taught Sunday School at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, Vacation Bible School at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Wakefield, and Week Day class for many years at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield, where she was an active member of the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed crocheting and decorating cakes for her family. Most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Galen (Amy) Samuelson of Wakefield, NE, five grandchildren; Eric (Brandy) Samuelson, Casey Samuelson, Brianna, Caleb and Dawson Samuelson; five great grandchildren; Taylor, Ethan, Kaylee, Caden, and Elynn. Imogene is also survived by her brother David (Judy) Burhoop, sister-in-law Marilyn Burhoop, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Imogene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arvid, sons Brian and Douglas Samuelson, and a brother Walter Dale Burhoop.

Imogene Samuelson

Imogene Samuelson

June Hawk, 67, of Rosalie NE


June Hawk, 67, of Rosalie, NE, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Pender Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE; Pastor Gretchen Ritola and Pastor Randall Herman will be officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft, NE are in charge of arrangements.

June was born April 5, 1947 to Edwin and Hilda (Jensen) Kubik in Pender, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE. June graduated from Emerson High School in 1965 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State College in 1968. On May 5, 1968, she was united in marriage to Donald Sterling Hawk at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE. To this union, two children were born.

While in high school, June worked part time for Kubik’s Corner. While raising her children, she worked at the Village of Rosalie and as a substitute teacher. June taught for Rosalie and later Bancroft-Rosalie Schools for over 40 years. She taught home economics, keyboarding, library, sociology, and independent living. June was also the FCCLA sponsor and assistant speech coach.

June is survived by her children, Monty (Jan) Hawk of Rosalie, NE and Heidi (Ryan) Eichelberger of Beemer, NE and numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

June Hawk

June Hawk

Ann Rose (Kubik) Bottger, 100, of Emerson NE


Ann Rose (Kubik) Bottger passed January 5. 2015. She will be missed by family and friends gained through her genuine compassion for others. Visitation will be Thursday January 8, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday January 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.; all activities will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Emerson, Nebraska. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson with lunch to follow at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are by Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson, NE. Ann was born January 27, 1914 near Thurston, Nebraska to Frank and Emma (Zvacek) Kubik. She was the third of 13 siblings to that union. She graduated from Thurston High School (valedictorian) in 1931. She attended Wayne State College and taught at elementary schools in Thurston County for 9 years.

Ann married Adolph Bottger June 1, 1940. To that union three sons were born, Terry, Jerry, and Ronald. She was the wife of a railroad worker, dairyman, and eventually a farmer as they successfully farmed in Dixon County and later in Thurston County near Emerson, Nebraska. Adolph died during surgery in 1959. Ann began her career as Emerson School secretary, and business administrative assistant to the superintendent, a position she did for 25 years. During this time she taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and participated in activities to support the handicapped. She was always a teacher at heart, had a strong understanding of Latin, and subsequently the English language.

She retired at the age of 72 and became more active as a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, serving two terms on the church council, held offices in WELCA, and worked many years in the quilt making project, sponsored by WELCA. She also served on the Emerson Library board, and worked as an election voting worker for over 30 years.

She loved her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and yes, “great-great” grandchildren. She was inclusive, looking more at their good traits and potential, instead of their short comings, yet always encouraging them to seek learning opportunities. She supported her family’s interests whether they be athletics, music, or the arts. Ann was 100 years young, living independently until the age of 95. She survived the Great Depression, the war years, and the loss of her husband. She read continuously and mentored the people she touched. She enjoyed making things for others; creating and firing clay figurines; making baby quilts; or crocheting wash rags.

Survivors include sister, Sue Newill of South Sioux City, NE, sons, Jerry and Linda Bottger of White River, SD; Ron and Judy Bottger of South Sioux City, NE.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers Fred, Ted, Ed, Bill, Mike, John, Les, Pat, and Kenney; two sisters, Lil and Ruth and son, Terry and a step grandson Jeremy.

Pallbearers will be her Grandsons Jeff, Todd, Lee, Danny, and Jon Bottger and Boyd (Kandi) Connelly.

Ella J. Rodick, 93, of Bancroft NE


Ella J. Rodick, 93, of Bancroft, Nebraska died on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at West Point Living Center in West Point, Nebraska. Funeral services for Ella will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft; Pastor Philip Hale will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Sunday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft. Burial will be in the Bancroft Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Organ Fund. Arrangements by Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, NE.

Ella was born on April 5, 1921 in Osmond, Nebraska, the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Lindwurm) Schultz. She was baptized on August 28, 1921 at Eden Valley Lutheran Church in Osmond and confirmed on April 14, 1935 at Grace Lutheran Church in West Point. On September 27, 1940, Ella was united in marriage to John Rodick at Grace Lutheran Church. To this union two sons were born: Arlan and Melvin. The couple farmed in the Bancroft area.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, serving on the Alter Guild and the Chime and Bell Choir. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, dancing and baking.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Arlan (Pat) Rodick of Shasta Lake, CA and Melvin (Barb) Rodick of Castle Rock, CO. She is also survived by four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, a sister, Alice Klintworth and brother, Ervin Schultz.

Ella Rodick

Ella Rodick

Ardell H. Mueller, 92, of Pender NE


Ardell H. Mueller, 92, of Pender, Nebraska died on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Funeral services for Ardell will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE; Pastor Gretchen Ritola will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE is in charge of services.

Ardell was born February 19, 1922 in Emerson, NE to Henry and Rosa (Schutte) Mueller. Ardell was baptized October 14, 1922 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pender, and confirmed on March 21, 1937 at St. Mark’s Lultheran Church in Pender. He attended Emerson High School. Ardell married Irene Hix on December 23, 1950 in Columbus, NE. Ardell served his country as a Private First Class in automatic weapons in World War II and was specially trained for construction and equipment mechanics. Ardell was stationed on the island of Okinawa. He earned the Victory Medal, Theater Ribbon and the Army Occupational Medal. He was a member of the Mule Pack where he helped to prepare for the invasion of Japan. On October 17, 1946 he was honorably discharged. Ardell served as a member of the American Legion Post in Pender, then transferred to Thurston American Legion #372. He served the Legion on various committees for over 60 years.

Ardell was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. He was also a chairman on the Brotherhood Farm Project, and a member of the ASCS Thurston County Board. In his free time, Ardell loved to fish and spend time with his family.

Ardell is survived by his wife, Irene of Pender, NE; sons, Randy (Darlene) Mueller of Omaha, NE, Jim (Glenda) Mueller of Thurston, NE; sisters, Marilyn Hansen of Wakefield, NE, Mylet (Ted) Habrock of Emerson, NE; grandchildren, Stacey Mueller of Omaha, NE, Joel (Megan) Mueller of Omaha, NE, Leslie Mueller of Omaha, NE; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Kayden, and Jace, and many nieces and nephews.

Ardell is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Robert Mueller; brother, Harlan (Vera) Mueller; and brother-in-law, Bill Hansen.

Ardell Mueller

Ardell Mueller

Matthew W. Luschen, 20, of Wakefield NE


Matthew W. Luschen, 20, of Wakefield, NE, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Wakefield, NE. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE; Pastor Gretchen Ritola will be officiating. The visitation will be Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Wakefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield, NE.

Matt was born July 7, 1994 in Norfolk, NE to Chad Luschen and Sarah (Maly) Birkley. He attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 2012. Matt enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, and four-wheeling. He was a big fan of Nebraska Cornhusker Football. Most of all he loved being with his friends and family.

He is survived by his father, Chad (Crystal Hahn) Luschen of Vermillion, SD; mother, Sarah (Travis) Birkley of Wakefield, NE, grandparents, Maureen (Myron) Osbahr of Wakefield, NE, Geri Turner of Vermillion, S.D. and Ron Turner of Amado, AZ, Jim and Cissy Maly of Wayne, NE, Doug and Patty Jensen of Wakefield, NE, John (Theresa) Birkley of Hinton, IA; sisters, Savannah (Josh) Staub of Carroll, NE, Paige Hahn of Vermillion, SD; brothers, Jonathan Birkley of Wakefield, NE, Jacob Birkley of Wakefield, NE, Billy Radigan of Vermillion, NE, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Matt is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Norman Luschen.

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